When Tamar Jacobs became pregnant, she found herself hoping for a
girl, mainly because she was dreading a difficult rite of passage that
often comes with the birth of a boy — circumcision.
Growing up Jewish in Baltimore, “I never really questioned it,”
she said, but the more she read and thought about it, the more
“unnecessary and even cruel” circumcision seemed. By the time the grainy
20-week sonogram showed the outward sign of an XY chromosome, she knew
she could not go through with it.
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